Unshaken: Ruth

This is another book by Francine Rivers. After I finished Redeeming Love I wanted to read another by her. I have to say I really like the way she writes. I feel pulled into her stories.

This story is the third in her Lineage of Grace series. This series revolves around the women of the Bible, so if you are not religious or dislike Christian teachings this might not be your cup of tea. At the time I read it I was a very zealous Christian. I’m not quite as zealous over the Bible as I used to be, but I still enjoy and appreciate this story now.

This story is not only about Ruth meeting Boaz, but it turns Ruth into a real person with real emotions. I know that might sound silly, but if you read the Bible story of Ruth, or any story in the Bible for that matter the people are there to teach a lesson and not entertain so they almost seem unhuman. Like a stick figure in character as apposed to a Monet. So for someone to take this stale character who is only supposed to tell a moral of some kind and breathe life into was really something for me.

I never really thought about how life was like before any modern inventions were made, even though I’m in love with history. I never really thought about how the people interacted with each other or what they thought about. Even after watching movies like Ben Her or The Ten Commandments there was still a kind of disconnect that can only be made by reading the character. Also those movies all revolved around men not women so I think that made a difference too.

The story of Ruth is one of romance, faith in God, and honoring your mother- in-law even when her son; your former husband has passed away.

So if you are looking for a more realistic and personal woman of the Bible read I suggest this one or any in the series really.

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Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell is a book that I hesitated to read. The premise sounded totally dumb to me. Mostly I asked other people what the story was about and they were all, “Talking Farm Animals. It’s and allegory.” And I was always like nah, I’m good I’ll skip that one.

Then when I was a tutor for high school students they were reading the book and I thought, “I better read that book to make sure I can help them out with any tricky questions.”

To my pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed it! Orwell in my opinion is good at prose and a good storyteller. Right off the bat I was sucked into this crazy world were the animals become self-aware and start thinking of their circumstances and situations they have been put into.

Like Lord of the Flies (which I really didn’t care for) it starts off innocent and then takes a gradual dark turn. I really do think that Animal Farm is a great allegory for politics and even thought I know it was a commentary at the time specifically about Russia, I feel like it is still relevant today with most political systems.

The ending….wow! Totally realistic, even for talking animals.

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I, Robot

I feel like such a genre slut, I can’t keep to just one genre. I think the kind of reader I am sticking to one genre would make me bored. So, today is sci-fi.

I first decided to read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov after watching the movie I, Robot with Will Smith. Smith did a great job, by the way, he always does.

Anyhow, when I started reading the actual book I was surprised it was a compilation of short stories about robots and not one cohesive story about one special robot. It does, however, have a robot psychologist that is in nearly every story. Susan Calvin is a bit scary to me. If I was a robot I would definitely be scared of her and keep all my secrets from Susan. Any out of the ordinary thought a robot has, no matter how innocent she always seems to wipe their memories completely. Sometimes I didn’t even see it coming! Which goes back to the fact that she is a robot psychologist, but her answer to any kind of psychology of a robot is to squash anything a robot has to become humanlike or more self-conscience. I kind of ended up hating her, but that’s not to say that the stories aren’t fascinating.

The robots in the story start off primitive and as the story progresses become more sophisticated. Although, any of the robots in this book are more advanced than any robots we have nowadays.

The other thing that connects all the stories is that there are three laws of robotics that all robots have to adhere to, which many other authors and movies seem to borrow from as well:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

If you love books about robots and want some short stories to read I recommend I, Robot.

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So, it feels likes it’s been sooo long since I’ve written anything here! I’ve been a bit MIA because I’ve been in the middle of quitting one job and looking for another, but I have some time on my hands today so I thought that I would share that my new book Stormy Kind of Love is out for pre-order.99 until tomorrow.

Stormy Kind of Love is a suspenseful romance with more heat than I usually write, but since it is my first romance novel, I thought it was necessary.


Blurb:
It’s Rachel’s first day of Sophomore year at Oklahoma State University. The first day of school her biggest problem is getting to class late. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, only one of the men who is a potential love interest is hiding secrets that put Rachel in danger. Will Rachel make the right choices or put herself in danger for love?

Filtering

I found this awesome writing blog about Filtering. What the author is talking about is how the world is filtered in first POV or third POV by the prose used to describe scenes. For example, using the words felt, thought, contemplated, within a POV. Here is the link. If you are a writer I highly recommend to check it out!

Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers was probably the first romance I read when I was in college. And I loved it!

Redeeming Love is actually based off the Biblical story of Gomer and Hosea. You know the age-old story where God tells Hosea to marry that girl and Hosea is all, but she’s a prostitute God! And God is all, did I stutter? Tale as old as time. 😉

Anyhow, when I first read this book I was like how in the world is this going to unfold, because I had read the Bible story and most of the characters in the Bible (imo, not to offend anyone) are pretty bland and straightforward because they are teaching lessons not entertainment. So how was she going to bring these two-dimensional characters to life? Well, she did and she did an amazing job!

I loved both love interests. Angel has a heartbreaking backstory and her attitude stems from that, and her brokenness is why I was drawn to her character.

Michael is a little too good to be true at times, but his persistence also makes him a likable character.

Overall, this was a really good book to start off the romance genre for me. Not to mention I love the time period of the gold rush. If you are looking for a sweet romance with some dark undertones and a religious background I recommend you read this book.

Goodreads Challenge

I just love the Year in Review and the Goodreads Challenge from Goodreads. To me besides seeing what my friends are reading these are my favorite features. This year I was able to read 32 books! For me being a full time teacher and mom, that is pretty good. And I don’t even count any books I read to my classroom 😉 Last year I only read 24 books so I’m reading much more. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.  How many books did you all read so far?

The Circle

I realize I put The Circle in a lot of book tags, but I’ve never actually reviewed the book, so here goes. The thing is, I really wanted to like this book I really did. I mean the premise is so intriguing. A powerful company like Facebook and it’s working environment become a sort of dystopian atmosphere for its employees. The companies motto is no secrets and wants everyone to put every last thing they did or ate on social media (sounds familiar) The main character Mae is a smart girl and begins to unravel some of the mysteries of the company. But that’s, unfortunately, where the exciting part ends for me and the boring part begins. 

 I thought Mae, the main character, was very flat and boring, and she really disappointed me in the end. The conversations between the characters were very strange as well as the sex scenes. There was way too much info-dumping going on, which consisted of pretty much the entire book. I guess I’m not a numbers person because the numbers in the book got old really fast. This could have been just really great but wasn’t executed correctly. 

two stars

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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A big thank you to Perfectly Tolerable for nominating me!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

 

The Questions:

  1. Show me a picture of your bookshelf!

I also have another bookshelf, but it has only photo albums. And we are working on another bookshelf, but half the size of these.

2.Name two books that you would/do recommend to everyone?

Elenor and Park and The Giver, those are my favorites so I want everyone to love them too, especially the Giver because that one has a valuable lesson to tell.

3.Are there any songs that you associate with a particular story or characters?

Yes, I also associate songs with my characters as I’m writing. For This Stormy Love I often think of Friends by Marshmellow and Anne-Marie, also with that story, I had Wake-up Call from Maroon Five going through my head.

4.Where is your favorite place to read?

Either my bed or the lazy-boy in the living room. Particularly when the kids are asleep!

5.Do your friends/family know that you have a blog?

Yes, but I only have a few friends who follow me and no family lol. I love the blogging community though!

6.How do you decide which book to read next?

I am really a mood reader so it just depends. Sometimes I read books for people to ask me to give them a review, I normally read those books first, but I also have to throw in books I’ve been aching to read for a long time. I really like dystopian books so I tend to gravitate to those first.

7.Do you have a favorite word? If so, what is it?

You know what I don’t really have one. I have a few I don’t like though. I hate the words panties and tits, not sure why just don’t like the way they sound.

8.Is there one particular blog post that you’re really proud of?

I think more and more I’m liking my most recent posts because I think I’m getting better at reviewing books.

9.Do you have any tattoos? If so, what?

Yes! Three. I’m the big sister in the last picture.

10.What book gave you the worst book hangover?

I think Game of Thrones mostly because I don’t think Martin is ever going to finish his series 😦  I’m just going to have to break down and watch the show now.

11.What are three things you always carry with yourself?

My phone, my cc, and my ID.

 

My Questions:

  1. What is your current favorite song?
  2. What was the last or current show you binge-watched?
  3. I love the tattoo question so got any tats? And if so how many?
  4. What is the one place you have always wanted to travel?
  5. What has been your favorite book this year?
  6. How long have you been blogging?
  7. What is your favorite subject to blog about?
  8. Who is your favorite blogger? (maybe I can find some new ones to follow 😉
  9. What is your favorite book genre and why?
  10. Three things you always carry with yourself?
  11. How about a selfie? Even if it’s just your pretty eyes 🙂

 

My Nominations:

Poetic JB

Karenjo46

Life of Chaz

KrAzYbOoKlOvEr28

Mischenko

Never Not Reading

And anyone else who wants to answer my questions 🙂